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Capital Ups and Downs - Graphical Analysis UPDATED!

So there was talk today about counting up all the "Ups and Downs" so far. Elliotte did a good job adding up the numbers and getting to the basics.  What I have done is take this a step further, as well as provide two sets of graphical representations of the "Ups and Downs."  The first set is a straight count of "ups" or "downs." 

Methodology: go through all 22 "Ups and Downs" posts and count; purple hearts were +1 and yellow circles and "trending Sasha" were 0. I  left out the callups at F and Michael Nylander, since they are fairly irrelevant.  I left in Clark for sentimental value. Tyler Sloan was counted as a D for simplicity. 

So without further ado, here we go.  Im going to try and provide a little analysis, but please feel free to add to this.


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Goalies: Jose Theodore has been positive a lot more than negative; Michal Neuvirth has been generally more positive; Semyon Varlamov has been mostly neutral

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Defensemen: John Carlson has been a nice surprise and is performing well above expectations; Alzner, however, has not.  Erskine and Mike Green are both very streaky (maybe high-risk high-reward might be a better term here).  Sloan is one of only two players to have more downs than ups.

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Forwards: Fowards are all generally positive.  I was surprised to see Nicklas Backstrom with as many downs as he does, considering the season he is having, but that might also be a product of high expectations.  Belanger has failed to live up to expecations (albeit within a short sample size).  Matt Bradley, Tomas Fleischmann, Brooks Laich, and David Steckel have all been performing way above expectations.

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The next thing I did was keep a cumulative score of each player throughout the season.  Starting with the first "Ups and Downs" I either added or subtracted a point or kept the score the same.  What this does is identify any trends in performance.  Looking at the goalie cumulative performance, it is clear that Jose has really stepped up his performance over the last nine weeks, making the case for himself at the #1 goalie position

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Defensemen: The D-Corps has been fairly consistent.  After a rough start, Poti had a nice little run weeks 13 to 19 but has since leveled off.  T-Slo has been consistently on the downturn (sorry, Ovechwin).

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Forwards: Bradley started the season slow, but had a nice middle section to bring up his cumulative rating, although he has since leveled off. Morrison started off hot, but has since come crashing down (something of which we are all well aware). Steckel and Laich are both having nifty little late season surges.  Sasha, is, well, trending Sasha, generally performing below expectations, but also showing flashes of brilliance. 

UPDATE: I broke out the forwards by postion, so it should make it easier to read.  I also added mean value lines to the LW and RW cumulative rating graphs for quick reference on how they all stack up.

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